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Joe Hilton's Picks for October 2014

by Joe Hilton
Kids Corner Librarian

Teen Read Week October 12-18 - Turn Dreams Into Reality

Girl Meets Ghost
by Lauren Barnholdt

Seventh-grader Kendall Williams tries to lead a normal life but things get complicated due to her gift or curse. She has seen ghosts since she was a baby and the best way to get rid of them is to help them solves their problems. Once she helps the ghosts, they are able to move on to the afterlife and leave her alone. Grades 4-8

 

Kinda Like Brothers
by Coe Booth

Jarrett’s mother has a long history taking care of foster babies. When she takes in 12-year-old Kevon and his two-year-old baby sister Treasure, eleven-year-old Jarrett is forced to share his room and his friends with the new boy who acts distant and ungrateful. Jarrett spies on him hoping to learn why Kevon and Treasure are in foster care. Grades 4-7

 

The Monster’s Ring
by Bruce Coville

Russell, a timid boy, eager to frighten the school bully on Halloween night, buys a special ring at a magic shop that has the power to change him into a scary monster. Russell is sure that the ring is just a silly magic trick.  Grades 3-5

 

Bunnicula
by Deborah and James Howe (Series)

The Monroe family find a baby rabbit at the theater where they were watching a Dracula film, they take him home and name him Bunnicula. The family pets Harold the dog and Chester the cat fear that he is a vampire because of his unusual habit of sleeping during the day, sneaking out of his cage at night and having fangs for teeth. Grades 3-5

 

Schooled
by Gordon Korman

Thirteen-year-old Capricorn (Cap) Anderson, 13, lives with Rain, his hippie grandmother on a farm commune. He's home-schooled, has never watched TV, or held a phone or money in his hand. When Rain is injured and stays in the hospital, Cap must live with a social worker and attend the local middle school. There he gets his first real taste of the outside world. Grades 6–9

 

The Book Of Bad Things
by Dan Poblocki

Twelve-year-old Cassidy Bean arrives from New York City to Whitechapel, New Jersey for the summer. With her notebook of "bad things" that can happen she finds out that the owner of a farmhouse has died and all the possessions in the house have been taken away by the townsfolk who start experiencing ghost sightings and disappearing bodies. Grades 5-8

 

Sarah’s Unicorn
by Bruce and Katherine Coville (Easy Reader)

When Sarah meets Oakhorn the unicorn she tries to keep their friendship a secret from her aunt, a good witch turned bad by a spell. Grades 1-3

 

Aunt Eater’s Mystery Halloween
by Doug Cushman (Easy Reader)

Aunt Eater the anteater dresses as Sherlock Holmes the detective and finds four mysteries to solve when she attends a Halloween costume party. Grades 1-2


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